The Indian Army is sending 13 soldiers to Rio de Janeiro to represent the nation in the largest sporting spectacle of the world – the Olympics. Reports say that this is the biggest group to be sent for Olympic Games so far, the second biggest group being been sent for 2012 Olympics held at London.
Out of the 13 Army personnel selected for this year’s games, 8 will be participating in athletic events, 3 in shooting, and 1 each in wrestling and rowing. Three more army personnel were qualified for Rio Olympics but due to the limited number of seats in these events they wouldn’t be able to contest in this year’s games.
Beside these 13 soldiers, the Indian Hockey team member, Subedar Sunil S.V., as also a previous soldier of the Indian Army. Boxer Shiv Thapa, who would be representing India in the 56 kg category, was also a previous Army man.
Founder of the Indian Army‘s Boy Sports Company (BSC), Brigadier G. S. Sandhu, is delighted over the Indian Armed Force personnel’s presence in the Olympic squad for India. He said that it was indeed a proud moment for him that “his baby” had produced so many Olympians.
“I have been told that just because of the results shown by its players, the Army had recently increased the number of BSCs from 18 to 30 and two more would be setup in near future. If Army continued to focus in this manner, I am sure next the Olympics would be dominated by our players,” Sandhu said.
Brigadier Sandhu, who also served as Chairman of Army Sports Control Board, further said that the players groomed by the Indian Army will be psychologically stronger and will have a higher potential of winning more medals for the country.
Olympic Squad For Rio Olympics 2016
Naib Subedar Jitu Rai – 10m air pistol, 50m free pistol
Subedar Gurmeet Singh – 10 m air pistol, 25m rapid pistol
Nb Sub Chain Singh – 50m rifle prone, 50m rifle 3 position
Hav Sandeep Kumar – 50km walk
Hav Nitender Rawat – marathon
Hav Ganapathi K – 20km walk
Hav Gopi T – marathon
Nb Sub Kheta Ram – marathon
Sub Kunhu MD – 4x400m relay
Nb Sub Arokia Rajiv – 4X400m relay
Nb Sub Jinson Johnson – 800m
Hav Bhokonal Dattu – single sculls
Hav Ravinder Khatri – Wrestling, 85kg (Greco-Roman)